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Author Beattie, Tina, 1955-

Title Theology after postmodernity : divining the void -- a Lacanian reading of Thomas Aquinas / Tina Beattie
Edition First edition
Published Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013


Description 1 online resource (xiii, 424 pages)
Contents Cover; Contents; Acknowledgements; Introduction; The end of desire; Seeking God in the labyrinths of language; Setting the context; Mapping the terrain; Part I: Being and Desire; 1. Language About the Abyss; The human condition-universality, desire, and religion; 'Shadows of what is not'-language and desire; Castration and the oedipal father; Language and the emptiness of desire; Love and lack; Lacan's unconscious God; On not having it all; 2. Knowing the World in God; 'Metaphysical amphibians'-the paradox of the human species; Thomism and Lacanian atheism; Reason, revelation, and wonder
The five waysThe being of God; 'A text is not a thing of the world'-the grammar of creation; Being human-'a crowd of hobbled angels'; 3. Speaking of God in the World; Language and the unknowing of God; Scripture, theology, and analogy; The grammar of God; The maternal Trinity; 4. Desiring God in the World; Rational animals; Knowledge, truth, and love; Desire in translation; Pleasure and delight; The desire of the Other; Part II: Ordering Desire; 5. Greek Philosophy, Theology, and Gender; Philosophical origins; Being and becoming in Plato and Aristotle; Gendering the cosmos
Reading Thomas through the lenses of genderMaternal matter and paternal forms; Woman according to Thomas; 6. Fatherhood, Law, and Society; Law according to Thomas; The patriarchal order; Fathers, mothers, and sons; Husbands and wives; Women, language, and authority; The legacy of scholasticism; 7. Angels, Demons, and the Man of God; Desire, imagination, and damnation; Contemplation, embodiment, and the soul; Solitude, love, and contemplation; Rapture; Sexual dualism and the phallic God; Angels and demons; 'Sexy Devils'; 8. The Rise of the Universities; The quest for order; Texts and masters
The beginning of 'discourse'Gender, power, and knowledge; Woman and the end of wisdom; Part III: Conquering Desire; 9. The Making of Modernity; Luther and the disgracing of nature; The Janus-faced God; The devil and all his works; Galileo and the desexualization of the cosmos; The Cartesian subject; The triumph of science; 10. Kant, Ethics, and Otherness; Form and matter-the great divorce; The divided will; The ethical miracle of bodily acts; The maternal sublime; Imagination and desire; Resurrection and immortality; 11. The Sadean Violence of the Kantian Other; Atheism beyond science
Law, transgression, and desireThe Freudian death drive; Kant and Sade; Violence and politics; 12. Love, Law, and Transgression; Love of neighbour; Law and transgression; Evil, lack, and the demonic; The second death and the hell of being; Heresy, punishment, and the legitimacy of killing; Part IV: Sexing Desire; 13. Sexual Mythologies and the Making of Modernity; Sexy bodies-science, romance, and pornography; Sexual difference as wholeness and lack; The romance and horror of the courtly lover; Surplus jouissance as the fomes of sin; Modern bodies; 14. Being Beyond Philosophy
Summary Engaging the theology of Thomas Aquinas with the psychoanalytic theory of Jacques Lacan, Tina Beattie shows how Thomism exerted a formative influence on Lacan, and how a Lacanian approach can bring new insights to Thomas's theology. Lacan makes possible a renewed Thomism which offers a rich theology of creation incarnation, and redemption
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Thomas, Aquinas, Saint, 1225?-1274 -- Influence
Lacan, Jacques, 1901-1981.
Lacan, Jacques, 1901-1981
Thomas, Aquinas, Saint, 1225?-1274
Lacan, Jacques.
Thomas (d'Aquin ; saint)
Psychoanalysis and religion.
Postmodernism -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
RELIGION -- Christian Theology -- Systematic.
RELIGION -- Christianity -- General.
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Postmodernism -- Religious aspects -- Christianity
Psychoanalysis and religion
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780191611834